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Best aria rendition in non-original language?

Posted: 20 May 2016, 11:58
by Jimlejim
What are your favorite renditions of arias that are not in the original language?

Re: Best aria rendition in non-original language?

Posted: 25 May 2016, 12:30
by Vivien
I love Eleanor Steber singing "Martern aller Arten" in English:





I just recently discovered Una Hale singing "Es gibt ein Reich" in English:

Re: Best aria rendition in non-original language?

Posted: 30 May 2016, 07:50
by shutko
I think Pourquoi me reveiller is just as powerful in italian as it is in french as well as many grand opera arias like the Paradis in L'Africaine and the Bianca al par in Huguenots. This is probably because of the many earlier singers who would sing these arias in italian rather than the original french, I doubt I've ever seen the Bianca in french outside of the two studio recordings of the opera. I think the best exponents that would support this would be

The second verse especially with the exaggerated pronunciation is particularly more effective in italian than french


One of my favorites in this aria, very suiting for lauri-volpi's drawn out legato, but like a true heroic tenor is able to add a kind of puncture with the impact after the serenade, making it brisk and steel like, without losing sight of that wonderful legato.


My favorite rendition of the Meyerbeer aria is Scaremberg who does sing it in French, but Caruso's early recording of it is close and not for the reason of it being a great heroic rendition, though it does have a heftiness to it, it still has signs of the more lyrical Caruso and a youthful spirit, something hopeful and earnest.

Re: Best aria rendition in non-original language?

Posted: 12 Jun 2016, 11:10
by Pawelot
I don't like my Italian opera in German, but this rendition by Peter Anders, while not exactly sounding like that of arugged dockworker, is very interesting and intelligent. A favorite.


Re: Best aria rendition in non-original language?

Posted: 29 Jun 2016, 18:13
by Jimlejim
Here is one of mine: